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Dave Smith

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Dave Smith, President L i t h o m e t r i c s



To establish a specialized source of revenue for the WMU Dept. of Paper Engineering through collaborative operation of a paper & ink printability testing lab.  To provide mentoring and leadership for graduate students.



2008 - current      Lithometrics                                            Midland, MI

  • Consulting for international paperboard and paper companies and for binder and pigment suppliers to the paper industry.
  • Establishing a printability testing laboratory at the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University.

1988 - 2008        The Dow Chemical Company                     Midland, MI
Director, Printing Science Lab

  • Consulted for global coated paper suppliers to identify, understand and resolve printing problems of coated paper, paperboard and film
  • Led and evaluated press trials for offset, gravure and flexography
  • Designed IGT and Prüfbau printability test methods & equipment
  • Contributed to the design of new products via scientific & creative tools
  • Organized & instructed global training for R&D, Sales & customers
  • Presenter, panel member and instructor at TAPPI: “Best Paper” 1997 & 2009, Two most read articles TAPPI Journal 1999, “best instructor”.


1981–1988         Sun Chemical Corporation                          Carlstadt, NJ
Research Associate

  • Solved liquid ink & printability problems via fundamental research
  • Designed and improved liquid ink print test methods. Trained recruits


1977-1981          Phillip A. Hunt Chemical                     Palisades Park, NJ
Research Chemist

  • Developed dry and liquid toners and test methods
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